Indonesian government releases new norms for OTT mobile service providers

The Indonesian government has finally released a regulation requiring foreign over the top (OTT) mobile service providers to acquire licences in the country. The new announcement, which will be followed by a ministrial regulation in the near future, is aimed at protecting and encouraging the development of local OTT internet applications.

In a statement, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Rudiantara said foreign service providers will have to register as a local entity with sole ownership or establish a joint-venture with local partners. This means giant tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter could be forced to procure additional investments.

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